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The Sprint Unlimited will be on Fox Sports 1 in 2014 and 2017-2022.

But, the network has also said select Sprint Cup Series races will be shown on the new Fox Sports 1 channel starting in 2015. Fox Sports Media Group has the rights to the first 13 races of the season.


CALL A FRIEND: With Michael Annett out indefinitely because of a fractured sternum, he called on good friend Reed Sorenson to drive his Nationwide Series car.

Annett had a plate inserted into his chest last week to help heal the fracture suffered in the season-opening Nationwide race at Daytona. He could be sidelined as long as two months.

Sorenson will take over the Richard Petty Motorsports ride beginning this weekend at Las Vegas.

“It’s an unfortunate situation for the team and Michael,” he said. “I have been to the hospital to see him, and he will be fine, but it’s going to take some time to heal. As a friend for a long time, my initial reaction was concern. I’m glad that he’s recovering now.”

Sorenson has 173 career Nationwide and 183 career Cup starts. He’s won four Nationwide races, none since Road America in 2011.

“It was very unexpected to get the opportunity to step in,” Sorenson said. “The best part is that my friend, Michael, will be cheering for me.”


GIRL POWER: There’s been no talk of Danica Patrick in the NHRA, where women drivers are the norm.

In fact, it’s been business as usual as Courtney Force and Erica Enders-Stevens posted back-to-back victories to open 2013. It marked the first time in NHRA history two women opened a season with consecutive victories.

Force won in Funny Car at the season-opening Winternationals at Pomona, Calif., last month while Enders-Stevens won last weekend in Pro Stock by beating Mike Edwards in the final round at Phoenix.

Enders-Stevens used a reaction time advantage to beat event top qualifier Edwards in the 200 mph factory hot rod category.

“We’re not out here just to race against the boys,” Force has said. “We’re here to beat the boys.” Now that’s girl power.”

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